Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Dia de los muertos love

I've been an Etsy user for several years but only recently figured out how to create treasuries. I usually make them without saving them because I'm never sure if I'm doing it right. I don't care about having my treasury chosen for the front page, though that would certainly be flattering. But I decided to have a go again after I found an easy treasury posting tool on a website called Stylishhome.com. I had always wondered how other bloggers did this and I was excited to see how easy it was to make my treasury and share it on my blog. I was already looking through items related to the theme of this treasury, just for fun, so I figured why not try to make one to share. (No, this is not a sponsored post; I'm just really happy to have figured out how to share an Etsy treasury).

I made this treasury with items designed to celebrate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a holiday celebrated in Mexico over the span of November 1 and 2. This is a special day to honor departed loved ones. The sugar skull is the emblem of this holiday - these are skull replicas made from sugar and decorated in a fancy way with roses, crosses, scrolls and other designs. I really love sugar skulls. I know that I don't necessarily seem the morbid type, but I love the artwork that goes into them and there are so many beautiful items made with sugar-skull designs, from jewelry to housewares to clothing. I don't think they're especially morbid anyway; they're colorful and pretty, and I like the idea of honoring the dead with a celebration. I only own a few sugar-skull items, including a beautiful postcard by the artist Jade Boylan, which I display in a frame in my bedroom. I have included the postcard in my treasury.

Here in New Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is a popular event. We have a parade and festival in our city to celebrate. You can attend workshops to make your own skulls from paper or clay. There are poetry readings, musical performances, art shows and face-painting. People build ofrendas, or altars, and display skulls in their homes. Some wear skull jewelry. In my treasury, I attempted to include different kinds of items but I do find myself very drawn to the jewelry and artwork; I especially love the turquoise skull earrings and the cross-stitch pattern.

Handmade Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls - kateillustr8s
Handmade Day of the Dea...
Turquoise and Red Day of the Dead Rose and Sugar Skull Earrings - PennysLane
Turquoise and Red Day o...
Handpainted Dia de Los Muertos Skull and Candleholder (Purple w/ Flowers) - KMariesDesigns
Handpainted Dia de Los ...
Ladies Mexican skull A-line skirt - multicolor with inset panels - for Halloween, Dia de Los Muertos - fits sizes S, M, L - DomesticThreads
Ladies Mexican skull A-...
Day of the Dead Boston Terrier Sugar Skull Dog Earrings - PrettyInInkJewelry
Day of the Dead Boston ...
Sugar Skull Dictionary Art Print Black Sugar Skull, Dictionary Art Print, Wall Decor,  Dia de los Muertos, Halloween Decor, Day of the Dead - reimaginationprints
Sugar Skull Dictionary ...
CROSS STITCH PATTERN Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skull Couple - somerley
Día de los Muertos Sugar Skull pin cushion Pillow - stitcherygiftery
Día de los Muertos Sug...
Day of the Dead Bangle Bracelet, Sterling Silver Paper Artisan Wearable Art Jewelry, Dia de los Muertos, Sugar Skull .... - TaylorsEclectic
Day of the Dead Bangle ...
Pillow Day of the Dead / Dia De Los Muertos  Sugar Skull throw Pillow - VintageGaleria
Pillow Day of the Dead ...
Day of the Dead Cat Earrings Sugar Skull Gothic Cat Art Cameo Earrings 25x18mm - tigerpixie
Day of the Dead Cat Ear...
Orange and White Block Printed Skull T Shirt - HouseRabbitHandcraft
Orange and White Block ...
Mexican Fiesta Prayer Flags. Inspired by traditional Papel Picado. Dia de los Muertos Fabric Bunting. Fiesta Garland - Cazmira
Mexican Fiesta Prayer F...
zocalo! cut chenille baby blanket/ dia de los muertos/ day of the dead/ Mexican fabric - thelittledonkeyshop
zocalo! cut chenille ba...
Day of the Dead - Dia de los Muertos - Teal - Available in all colors.  Art Print  - 11 x 14 in. or 12 x 18 in. - LoveSignBoutique
Day of the Dead - Dia d...
Sugar Skull Postcard - JadeBoylan
Sugar Skull Postcard


  1. I am always amazed by your talents Jennifer, and now you have another one. These skulls are amazing works of art as you say, and so intricate. I can see why they appeal to you. Happy treasuring! xx

  2. I am a bit out of it so I have never heard of a treasury, but I love what you have gathered up. Hugs,

  3. I love the contrast of the skulls with the bright, intricate, happy patterns. It really speaks of the festival being a celebration and not a sad thing. Lovely treasury. :)

  4. I haven't really seen anything like them before, some really interesting work and ideas :) xx

  5. Looks like a good idea not used Esty myself but will check it out. Really like the sugar skulls really lovely designs x

  6. Oh I love it! I've always wondered how other bloggers did this. So it's really nice to know! I love how all the colors are bright, and cheery!

  7. You've done a very good job with gathering your treasury for your chosen subject Jennifer. I have to admit that 'treasuries' are a new thing to me so thanks for the introduction. Joy x

  8. Fabulously fun treasury! By and large, most people (unless they're of Mexican decent) don't celebrate Dia de los Muertos up here in Canada (unlike Halloween, which is huge - thankfully!), but I've really developed a fondness for it in recent years. I like the rich history, vivid imagery, and fun traditions, and hope that as time goes on, it's popularity will spread north of the 49th, too.

    ♥ Jessica

  9. Great collection! I really like the postcard, it looks like something that would be beautiful framed.

  10. This is so awesome that your kids get to learn about these traditions! And I just love your collection! The colors inspire!! I need to figure out how to do this! Thanks for sharing lady! Happy Wednesday to you!

  11. Good for you working out how to do it, so manny wonderful designs.

  12. Ooh, clever girl. That's a great idea. When I was at the Edinburgh Military Tattoo this summer, the ladies of the Mexican Troupe who entertained us that night, were wearing Dia de los Muertos masks in the same colours as their beautiful dresses. I was mesmerised by them all. I would love to buy Damien Hirst's Diamond Skull if I won the lottery! x

  13. I love your treasury, a feast for the eyes! Chrissie x

  14. A lovely way to see them all displayed. I love traditional festivals, they are a great way to feel connected to the past, when you think back to all the generations who have gone before and celebrated together in the traditions of the time.

  15. I didn't know anything about treasuries, or indeed Day of the Dead. The skulls definitely don't look morbid in those beautiful colours. I think the earrings are my favourites.

  16. I love your Treasury! I have a hard time coming up with a theme but you had a perfect one! I so want to visit New Mexico some day for the Balloon Festival you all just had....now there is another reason for this interesting festival! Visiting from Meet & Greet. Following via Bloglovin!

  17. Wow, you've done an amazing job! Love the sugar skulls and the post card is wonderful also!

  18. Congratulations on figuring out your Treasury ... and for the record I have no idea what your talking about ;) I avoid on-line shopping because I'm afraid I'll buy too much (too easy)!! Anyway .... I like the sugar skull decorations too. It's such a different take on honouring the dead than you see here. You've chosen some very cool examples of the skulls. Wendy x

  19. What a great treasury, I love all the day of the dead stuff- its very bright and looks like fun!

  20. What a wonderful treasury Jennifer and thank you so much for sharing the link as I am yet to do this, so I am sure it will come in super handy. Yours look fab and full of wonderful treasures xoxo

  21. That is a great display and great art work.
    Sarah x

  22. Thanks for this post, Jennifer. I have been so puzzled about other's fascination with skull art, and still am not drawn to it, but now I understand better why you appreciate it. I also did not know anything about Etsy treasuries, but at least know now they they exist :) My latest computer combat has been trying to understand why Google Chrome was upset with me and refused to function for awhile...sigh.
    Always learning :)
    Gracie xx

  23. Fantastic crafts for this festival. I never knew about the treasuries. I need to look at Etsy and what it has to offer. Have a great week. xx

  24. When I was a student I had to read Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry for a module on Modern American Literature. It was the first I'd ever learned of Dia De Los Muertos and it's always stayed with me. I enjoyed this treasury very much. x

  25. Thanks so much for sharing how you made your treasury, I love this festival too and all the beautifully decorated skulls. I love those earings too, oh and the turquoise print too xox Penny

  26. I didn't even know what an Etsy treasury was until I read your post! I had never seen this on a blog before. Very cool. Also, I'd heard of Day of the Dead and the celebration of it in Mexico, but it's something I've never seen here in IL. Thanks for the little history lesson!

  27. I've also wondered how to make a treasury on Etsy. One of these days when i have some time I might try attempt it. Have a wonderful week!

  28. So colorful and particular stuff!Really eye catching!I love crafts because they have the personnal touch of the artist.Thanks for sharing!

  29. Wonderful artwork and I love skulls always, not morbid just love them and this celebration would be something I would love to be part of ☺ It is so bright too

  30. As you had left a comment on my blog I thought I'd pop and visit yours, and it is lovely. I read back and love your shelf, just what I'd like but I think mine will be bought! Loved that rabbit so I have visited her blog and bpught a pattern.. hope I can knit it!
    Happy days and wow that candy floss looked good, pink and sweet!
    Chris x

  31. Love the Treasury you've put together, and well done for figuring out how to post it onto your blog. I'm not certain that I could live with any of the items, but I can certainly appreciate the talent and creativity that's gone into making them, and the colour work is fabulous. x

  32. There are some really talented people out there.cool collection of stuff you have shown us x.

  33. This is a great Treasury! It does take some time to make treasuries so it's extremely flattering to be included in one. You have a great eye for beauty so I'm sure one day you will be on the front pages of Etsy!

  34. Lovely! I've looked at some of the same as my sister collects skulls (mainly crystal)
    Carol xx


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